BBC: London Bombing Mastermind’s Family ‘Shattered’

The BBC interviews the uncle of Shehzad Tanweer, the suspected mastermind behind the London subway bombings.

Bomb suspect’s family ‘shattered’ (BBC)

The uncle of one of the suspected London suicide bombers said his family had been “left shattered” by the news. Bashir Ahmed, 65, said the family of Shehzad Tanweer, who recently studied religion in Pakistan, could not accept he was capable of the bombings.”It wasn’t him. It must have been forces behind him,” he said.

Police are now focusing on finding those who masterminded the suspected suicide attacks that killed at least 52 people in London last Thursday. When asked how he felt when police told them his nephew had not been a victim but may have perpetrated the bombings Mr Ahmed broke down, saying: “We have lost everything we have.” Mr Ahmed said his nephew – who he last saw the day before the bombings – went to Pakistan for two months earlier this year to study religion.

It’s good to know that his family is ashamed of his actions. It is rather interesting, as Bob Owens of Confederate Yankee emails,

[Y]ou’ll notice the article twice mentions that one of the London bombers went to Pakistan to “study religion,” but that the article refuses to mention that the religion in question was Islam.

That would, of course, be as unthinkable as labeling Tanweer a “terrorist.”

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  1. John Burgess says:

    What other religion might he have been studying in Pakistan? Scientology?

  2. Paulie says:

    I am not sure why that is “interesting” that the “article refuses to mention” Islam. Maybe in Bob Owens’ simple mind, he needs clarifcation about basic facts regarding the world, but only a complete moron is unaware of the fact that Pakistan is 97% muslim.

    The BBC generally assumes that their audience is intelligent. I know that this may surprise people like Owens who are used to the platitudes that a “confederate yankee” might be subjected to via US media outlets.

  3. McGehee says:

    The BBC generally assumes that their audience is intelligent.

    Riiiiiiiight. Those of us who remember how the Beeb sexed up reports of how the government allegedly “sexed up” the intel regarding Iraq, might have trouble seeing such hijinks as “assuming their audience is intelligent.”